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Chautauqua County Stop-DWI program will join state crackdown over Memorial Day holiday

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Stop-DWI program will join with State Police and all other police agencies in the county in taking part in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving over next month’s Memorial Day weekend, Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced Monday.

The sheriff said the enhanced law enforcement effort designed to cut down on injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving will run from May 22 through May 26 with what he called “vigorous enforcement” of laws dealing with alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers.

The sheriff said when Chautauqua County law enforcement agencies last cracked down on such bad drivers, during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in March, it resulted in 75 vehicle stops, arrests and summonses.

“Removing intoxicated drivers from Chautauqua County roadways is one of our top priorities,” Gerace said.

“If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Drunk drivers not only put themselves in danger, they threaten everyone who shares the highway with them,” he said.

The sheriff, whose office operates the county’s Stop-DWI program, said all drinking and driving fines collected from drunk drivers throughout the year fund the county’s Stop-DWI program.

Gerace said the funding for these types of enhanced law enforcement crackdown programs is provided by the New York State Stop-DWI Foundation through a grant from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.